Current Scholars

Eric Robinette. Eric Robinette
quality-shaw-anita Anita Shah
Mike Tchou Mike Tchou
quality-zafar-muhammad Muhammad Ahsan Zafar

Quality Scholars Program Develops Healthcare Leaders

Evaline Alessandrini.The Quality Scholars Program in the Anderson Center, led by Evaline Alessandrini, MD, MSCE, is developing researchers and leaders who will transform pediatric health and healthcare delivery. Program goals include developing faculty to create effective healthcare delivery system interventions that can be disseminated into real-world practice settings, directly resulting in improved health outcomes.

Our unique Quality Scholars Program challenges participants to:

  • Design, develop, test, sustain, scale and disseminate effective interventions in healthcare delivery
  • Accurately measure health and healthcare quality, cost and value
  • Create and lead organizational and policy environments engaged in continuous improvement
  • Undertake research that creates new knowledge and translates evidence of improved approaches to care in clinical, public health and policy settings


We seek postdoctoral scholars to participate in the Quality Scholars Program. Eligible candidates include: 

  • Postdoctoral scholars in pediatric healthcare specializing in medicine, surgery, public health, the social sciences, nursing, pharmacy and other allied health areas
  • Faculty and fellows
  • Individuals who can dedicate >75 percent of time for the duration of the program (two to three years)

Program Components

The Quality Scholars Program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center includes:

  • Strong methodologic training in health services research and quality-improvement methods (including quality-improvement research methods of study design and analysis, planned experimentation in complex systems, statistical process control, and product and process design
  • Series of mentored research / improvement projects
  • Exposure to a wide range of high-impact areas of study including innovation in nonhealthcare industry settings
  • Mentoring for career development
  • Leadership training and multidisciplinary team work

The training period will be three years. The duration of the training program may be reduced if a candidate already has an MS, MPH, PhD or DrPH in epidemiology or other relevant field.

How can I participate? Applications accepted annually. Applicants should submit a CV, personal statement and three recommendation letters.

For more information, contact: Evaline Alessandrini, MD, MSCE, professor

Alumni Scholars

quality-scholar-mugshot-Aylward-Brandon Brandon Aylward
quality-scholar-dan-benscoter Dan Benscoter
quality-scholar-mugshot-brady-patrick Patrick Brady
quality-scholar-courtney-brown Courtney Brown
quality-claes-donna Donna Claes
quality-scholar-christopher-dandoy Christopher Dandoy
quality-scholar-mugshot-dritz-michele Michele Dritz
quality-scholar-dana-dykes Dana Dykes
quality-scholar-mugshot-hanke-samuel Samuel Hanke
quality-scholar-catherine-hart Catherine Hart
quality-scholar-mugshot-hooper-david David Hooper
quality-scholar-mugshot-linam-matt Matt Linam
quality-scholar-Murtagh Eileen Murtagh Kurowski
quality-scholar-mugshot-redle-erin Erin Redle
quality-scholar-Schmit Jennifer Schmit
quality-scholar-schondelmey Amanda Schondelmeyer
quality-scholar-mugshot-stalets-erika Erika Stalets
quality-thienprayoon-rachel Rachel Thienprayoon
quality-scholar-mugshot-tubbs-cooley-heather Heather Tubbs Cooley

(From left) Samuel Hanke, Erika Stalets, Heather Tubbs Cooley, Erin Redle, Marielle Kabbouche, Brandon Aylward, program director Evaline Alessandrini and Anderson Center coordinator April Mack-Williams.

Their improvement work goes on at Cincinnati Children's: (from left) Samuel Hanke, Erika Stalets, Heather Tubbs Cooley, Erin Redle, Marielle Kabbouche, Brandon Aylward, program director Evaline Alessandrini and Anderson Center project specialist April Mack-Williams.

Program Leadership

Core Program Faculty

Evaline Alessandrini, MD, MSCE, program director

Maria Britto, MD, MPH    

Carole Lannon, MD, MPH

Peter Margolis, MD, PhD

Stephen Muething, MD

Michael Seid, PhD 

Advisory Committee

James M. Anderson, advisor to the president, Cincinnati Children’s

Thomas Boat, MD, dean and vice president for health affairs, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Uma Kotagal, MBBS, MSc, executive leader, population and community health; and senior fellow, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center